- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - She took care of wounded soldiers overseas as a nurse during World War II, then came home, married and raised eight children. On Saturday, 95-year-old Mary Ballard is throwing out the first pitch at the Lexington Legends game.

Ballard’s daughter, Sara Call of Frankfort, says her mother thinks people are making a big fuss over nothing, although Ballard did spend some time practicing her throw with her physical therapist on Wednesday.

Her appearance is part of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to highlight the state’s female veterans. The game starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5 for veterans and active-duty military with identification.

Ballard served two years in England after joining the Army Air Corps when she was 23 and took care of wounded soldiers being flown from France or Germany to Britain after D-Day.


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